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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. An organism that can adapt to changing circumstances over long periods of time has developed ____.
(a) A stable strategy.
(b) A defection strategy.
(c) A natural strategy.
(d) An equal strategy.

2. Who appointed von Neumann Atomic Energy Commissioner?
(a) Roosevelt.
(b) Truman.
(c) Eisenhower.
(d) Nixon.

3. When did Robert Axelrod hold his game tournaments?
(a) Early 1980s.
(b) Late 1970s.
(c) Mid 1990s.
(d) Mid-1950s.

4. In what month did von Neumann die?
(a) May.
(b) February.
(c) January.
(d) October.

5. After WWI what did the U.S. push to develop in the hopes of gaining an edge over the Soviet Union?
(a) ICBMs.
(b) The hydrogen bomb.
(c) MIRVs.
(d) The atom bomb.

Short Answer Questions

1. Axelrod's tournaments solicited programs from scientists all around ___.

2. When a madman strategy is used by one player the opposing player is more likely to do what?

3. A study commissioned to find out how many bombs the U.S. had available reported that a total of 300 to 600 bombs were available in what year?

4. In what year was von Neumann appointed Atomic Energy Commissioner?

5. Many believed that game theory games modeled seemingly perfect but inhuman and ____ players.

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did von Neumann's views about military technology in modern society change?

2. What is the madman strategy and how does it affect the game of chicken?

3. What did a study reveal about the available bombs in the U.S. in 1947 and 1950?

4. Who publicly disavowed preemptive war after publicly advocating for so long?

5. What happened to the initial game theory interest by the mid-1950s?

6. In relation to U.S. bomb development who was Harold Urey?

7. In relation to Russian nuclear capability who was Klaus Fuchs?

8. Who devised the Stag Hunt game?

9. What is Bully?

10. What happened after von Neumann fell in 1955?

(see the answer keys)

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